Do you want to help make the world and people of Cottington Woods come alive? Do you not want to settle for just one story, but want to live out dozens? Do you want to entertain the players and help make this game be the best it can be? Then consider joining our Cast as an NPC or even Permanent NPC.
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Player-NPCs: These would be players who, for one reason or another, decide to NPC an event rather than play it. We will likely have a mechanism to allow PCs to take NPC shifts during an event if they would like, most likely hooked by Riding Hoods. If during an event this offered, we will explain the mechanism for signing up for shifts prior to the event.
NPCs/Cast: These are our Cast who join us at events to bring to life the world and its many people. They have access to information not available to Player-NPCs, and are able to play recurring NPC roles. Every NPC will have at least one "Townie" role that they can go into town as when not playing other roles. This Townie role must be approved by Staff.
Permanent NPCs/Cast - aka part of the "We are all mad here" crowd. The difference between Permanent NPC and regular NPC is that a Perm NPC has committed (see what we did here? Committed? Mad? Okay, so we thought it was funny.) to attend our 2 Weekend Events each year. You are automatically preregistered for each event, and only contact us to inform us if you cannot make an event. For that, we give them priority casting on prominent, recurring roles, and will assign a Townie role to them that either acts as plot hooks or has its own plotline (subject to Plot approval). We encourage our Perm NPCs to work with Plot Staff to create a Townie role that they will enjoy.
NPCs attend for free, and we provide free food and beverages all weekend long for our Cast. For more info, see our FAQ.
If you decide to join as a Cast Member (whether Permanent or not), we encourage
you to join our Cast Member GoogleGroup here:
The Cast GoogleGroup is our primary means of communication with our NPCs. Please note that if you join the cast googlegroup, you cannot then join as a Player. Information will be shared on that list that are spoilers to players.
Once you join the GoogleGroup list, you will automatically have permission to the CAST WEBSITE here: [[TBD]]
We want to know all about our NPCs, so that you enjoy the game as much as the
players do. Please take a moment to fill out the survey,
so we can understand what kinds of roles you do and do not enjoy, your preferences,
what kind of involvement you'd like to have, whether you wish to join Permanent
Cast, and also important things like what kind of snacks and food you'd like
to see in Monster Camp.
Please let us know if you are going to NPC an event for us! By
preregistering, we are able to preassign you roles for the upcoming event.
By NPCing for Cottington Woods, you can also earn CP/XP for your character(s) in other LARPs with which we have an exchange.
Cottington Woods currently has a CP Exchange with all major Accelerant LARPs. These include, but are not limited to:
We also have a CP Exchange with a few other non-Accelerant games
If there is a LARP not listed that you would like us to contact about setting up an exchange, please send us an email with the name of the game, name of a contact, and their email address, and we will contact them to see if an exchange is possible.
To ensure you receive your CP when NPCing Cottington Woods, please preregister to attend an event, and then be certain to sign in when you arrive at Monster Camp. You also receive additional CP for assisting with setup/cleanup, and for writing a PEL.
To ensure you receive your CP when NPCing other LARPs, please be certain to sign-in at Monster Camp when you NPC, so that their staff knows you attended and sends us a list after the event is over. If you do not receive your CP, please let us know, but also please send a kind note to the game you NPCed and ask their staff to send an email to us at email@example.com to notify us that you NPCed and whether you submitted a PEL and assisted with cleanup/setup.
Remember that most games with which we have an exchange offer additonal CP for writing an NPC PEL. And they are important for us, as Staff, so we know what happened during roles, how plotlines moved along, and what follow-up the PCs might be expecting, as well as what roles you enjoyed and want to play again.
The deadline for PEL Submission is two weeks after an event.
Please send all PELs to PEL@cottingtonwoods.com.
When scheduling our events, we'd like to know what other games our players, NPCs, and Staff are playing, so we can try our best to avoid major conflicts. In the end, however, we're at the mercy of site availability, and can absolutely make no promises that we won't conflict with a game you love out there. There are just too many LARPs running in New England to avoid conflicts, but we'll do our best within the site availability constraints to avoid major conflicts! So please fill out our LARP Conflict Survey to let us know which games you are involved in!
NPCs can also email us directly at NPC@cottingtonwoods.com for questions related to NPC, or post the question to our Cast List.
We also have a few other places where we post information and updates, aside from the Cast Google Group, and where players ask questions and provide information. These are:
Cottington Woods Player List: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/playercottingtonwoods
(this is the main list for the game)
Do you have to pay to NPC Cottington Woods?
What about food?
What should I bring to an event?
Do I have to preregister to NPC? Can I just show up?
So, yes, we strongly encourage you to preregister as an NPC for an event, but it is not a requirement.
What if I just want to fight?
I plan on PCing Cottington Woods, but didn't make it into the One-Day
Event. Can I NPC the event and then PC the next one?
Further, we ask you abide by this rule: Anything you hear or learn while an NPC, your character does not know. You cannot take that knowledge into game. If you repeatedly abuse this, we will ask you to either NPC or PC, but not allow you to go back and forth.
If I'm a PC who will be NPCing an event, should I fill out the NPC
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